Climate Change Adaptation Manager

Posted over 2 years ago by Network Rail
Contract Type Permanent
Salary £42000 - £47250 per annum
Sector Environment Management, Environment, Sustainability
Posted over 2 years ago
Apply by Thursday, 16 March 2017

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We're investing £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) Group encompasses asset management, engineering, safety, health and wellness, and sustainable development, together with our key national change programmes including business critical rules, level crossing risk reduction, risk based maintenance and safety culture change.

Designed to reinforce the reality that safety is critical for every element of what we do, the STE Group delivers a 'Centre of Expertise' combining high quality safety, technical and engineering leadership to the business. With elements from Network Operations and Infrastructure Projects, it also provides a much clearer interface for the Routes.

Our key accountabilities are:

  • Innovate - Define and deliver national improvement programmes and commission research and development to achieve a better railway
  • Lead - Provide strategic leadership and guidance to Network Rail and external stakeholders on safety, environmental, sustainability, technical and engineering concerns
  • Assure - Assure Network Rail engineering assets by governing standards and frameworks and measuring our compliance against them
  • Grow - Improve the health and vitality of all Network Rail employees, grow our leadership capability across STE by developing competency frameworks and aligning competencies to industry developments and use management information, audits and investigations to identify best practice and continuous improvement

Job Purpose

Lead the management of Network Rail's strategy for the achievement of its climate adaptation objectives. Develop and maintain Network Rails strategy for climate change alongside those of other railway industry companies, and requirements of emerging legislation and regulatory requirements.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support the management and implementation of Network Rail's climate change adaptation strategy and objectives.
  • Develop and implement a company-wide framework for the development, prioritisation and selection of climate change adaptation schemes and research and development projects.
  • Develop and manage an assessment framework to quantify the contributions made by Network Rail's activities towards the achievement of its climate change adaptation objectives
  • Establish effective networks for the discussion of climate change adaptation strategies with other railway industry and external partners, regulators and government departments.
  • Develop and manage a measurement framework to assess the extent to which planned climate change adaptation goals have been achieved by initiatives, working with external regulators so that the value added by the framework is greater than the cost of operating it.
  • Arrange for remits to be identified and specified for research in climate change adaptation so that Network Rail has the information required to make risk based decisions about emerging issues.
  • Provide advice across Network Rail on how to optimise the climate change adaptation benefit achieved by Network Rail's activities.
  • Monitor the progress of climate change adaptation related recommendations arising from formal investigations and other investigations, recommending appropriate action when necessary.
  • Provide specialist advice on all aspects of climate change adaptation and facilitate the implementation of strategies by line management, contractors and suppliers.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Relevant successful experience of engaging stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify metrics and collect data to monitor performance relating to climate change adaptation
  • Ability to interpret data to produce management information and recommendations relating to climate change adaptation
  • Detailed knowledge of UK and EU climate change adaptation policy
  • Detailed knowledge of international research into the impacts of climate change
  • Development of policy relating to climate change adaptation
  • Relevant environment or engineering degree


  • Ability to influence and engage with decision makers at all levels of seniority
  • Working knowledge of research into the implications of climate change for the transport sector.
  • Broad understanding of the rail industry/regulated business
  • Application of environmental and social factors within supply chain management and procurement processes
  • Membership of a relevant institution